The headquarters office of the Takumi clan II (headed by Tadashi Irie), located in the heart of Minami, one of the busiest shopping areas in Osaka, has been sold and will be demolished in the near future. In February 2009, the Osaka District Court issued a provisional injunction restraining the use of the office following a complaint filed by the Osaka Prefectural Center for the Elimination of Violent Groups on behalf of neighborhood residents.
The building was purchased by a private company for approximately 300 million yen. Because of the possibility of being involved in a conflict, the building was also scheduled to be demolished.
In January 2008, the Kobe Yamaguchigumi, together with the Yamaguchigumi VI, was designated as a specific anti-trust group. The use of the Takumi Gumi II office in Osaka City, which was designated as a restricted area, was prohibited at that time, but in 2009, the Osaka District Court decided that the use of the office would be prohibited even after the designation was lifted.
The decision of the Osaka District Court in 2009 lifted the prohibition on the use of the offices even after the designation had been lifted. This is one of the ways in which the gangs, who own the property, are forced to pay property taxes even though they cannot use it, and it is one of the ways in which the authorities are attacking the gangs’ military bases. Even so, the gang offices are the last stronghold of the yakuza, and it has been said that it is a show of pride to maintain them even if they cannot be used. For example, the Kudo-kai, whose top leader was sentenced to death in the first trial and whose organization is currently being dismantled, has sold its headquarters office.
Negotiations for the sale of the Takumi Gumi’s offices were reportedly underway after a provisional injunction was issued against the use of the offices.
I have the impression that the negotiations went through many twists and turns. Under such circumstances, the Takumi Gumi 2nd generation left the Kobe Yamaguchigumi in October last year. This may have been the point at which the sale negotiations accelerated.
If, as this journalist says, “a gang office is the last stronghold for a yakuza,” what will happen to the Takumi clan II now that it has lost it?
Many people think that the dissolution of the organization and the retirement of the Irie clan leader are approaching. On the other hand, it is said that the leader of the Yamaguchigumi VI, Shinobu Tsukasa, has been concerned about the Irie clan leader. And when the VI regime came into being, Irie-gumi leader had served as the No. 3. It is said that the main focus of the boss Tsukasa is to take responsibility for the split of Yamaguchigumi in his own generation.
However, it is said that Kunio Inoue, the head of the Kobe Yamaguchigumi, will not raise the white flag until the very end.
He is approaching the time when he must think about his successor. Even if it is impossible to make Kobe Yamaguchigumi surrender, there seems to be a hidden thought that it would be OK to shift to the 7th generation system if the matter of the 2nd generation Takumi Gumi, which has been worrying him, is settled” (the same front).
Who will be the seventh generation?
Of course, it will be Seiji Takayama, the young leader of the Takumi clan. In that case. In that case, there is a possibility that the head of the Tsukasa clan will not retire and will reign as president.
However, just in time, on April 22, the head of a direct affiliate of the Kodokai 3rd Generation was shot to death. With the emergence of a new war, the situation is becoming increasingly tense.
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